Friday, August 29, 2014

Sew News Giveaway Winner

Good Morning!!!
The Sew News Colette Patterns Clover Pant sew along will begin this upcoming Tuesday, September 2nd. Monday is a holiday in America, so the first post will be postponed by a day. If you would like to join along and post pictures of your fabric and or your progress, join the Flickr group. You can find it here. I have a few things up my pant leg ;) that I hope you will enjoy, one of which will be a refashioning of the pattern into an active wear pant.
So without further ado.....
the winner of the magazine is Jackie Thompson! Congratulations Jackie!!!!! One of these days I am going to join the computer age and do these drawings electronically. At least there's no discrepancy as to who the winner is with this method :)
Jackie, if you will email me with your address,, I will get the magazine out to you ASAP!
In the meantime, you can order your Clover pant pattern here directly from Colette Patterns.
I think this will be a fun sew along!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

I've had this jacket in my line up of free patterns for a while. Although the weather has not changed, fall and winter are fast approaching, so rather than put it off, I thought I would go ahead and get it together.
The jacket is an unlined jacket meant to be made out of boiled wool or a heavy weight knit. You can find the free downloadable pattern here.
The instructions are in the December/January issue of Sew News. Back copies are available here. There is a print version as well as a digital version available. The instructions really aren't necessary for this coat, but the magazine has so many wonderful projects, so you might want to go ahead an order one if you do not already have one. Click here and you can see the other projects that are available in this issue.
Here's my coat. I had a piece of wool that I have wanted to felt, so I decided that this would be the perfect project.Sadly, I did not take a picture of the wool prior to felting.
A little note about felting wool, especially a piece this light in color. If there is any lint in your washing machine, it will get caught in the fabric as you can see below. I was able to pick this out of my fabric, but it does take a little time. Also, I have a front loading washer. I set the dial on the hottest setting and the highest spin. It took 3 tries to get the fabric to where I wanted it to be. So felting is possible in a front loader, it just takes a little longer than it would in a regular washing machine. One last note, your fabric will shrink considerably. This fabric was 60" wide and by the time I finished, it was 42" wide, so keep that in mind if you decide to do this.
The only change I made to the pattern was to enlarge the sleeve. The sleeve on the model looked to be rather close fitting and I want this jacket to easily slide over a bulkier garment without being too tight. My picture is not as clear as I would have liked for it to be, so hopefully my explanation will be enough. To enlarge the sleeve, I drew a line from one armpit to the other. Off of that line, I squared a line to the hem of the sleeve which gave me a straight sleeve rather than the tapered sleeve that comes with the pattern. I also wanted a cuff, so I added 2". My arms are rather short, so if you decide that you would like a cuff, please compare your arm length measurement to the length of the sleeve pattern prior to cutting the sleeve.
The seam allowances are 1/8". Rather than sew a normal straight seam, I zigzagged all of my seam allowances. The foot was put right along the edge of the fabric.
Just to give you an idea of how long the jacket is on me, here's a very bad picture. Look closely and you'll see my pajama pants :)
The collar is quite pretty. I had initially thought that I would round off the edges, but once I got it together, I rather liked the square corners and how they drape over the sleeves.
This is only pinned in place, but I also decided to create a tie closure. Since the wool will no longer ravel, I cut strips for the ties. I played around with a frog which I think I'll enhance. 
There are 3 pieces to the pattern, front, back and sleeve. The coat takes absolutely no time to sew. There's the center back seam for the collar, the shoulder and neck seam, the sleeves are set in and then the side seams sewn. Voila, your finished. Since the wool has been felted, there's no need to finish the edges. After I got the coat together, I initially thought that I might bind the edges, but once I started playing around with the frog, I decided to cover the collar and the cuffs with passementerie similar to this coat that I did some time ago.  I plan to make the passementerie out of strips that I cut from the  leftover fabric.
Since I'm going to embellish the coat, you'll see it again once I've finished. I think it is going to be such fun!
This is a great coat pattern that is easy to put together, fits well and could also be lengthened into a dress length coat. If you do decide to put one together for yourself, one last note, there is a small dart that is intended to help the collar lay in place. I did not use it as I didn't think it was necessary.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frabjous Couture's Me Made Mondays

I'm wearing glasses and no makeup because I once again have an eye infection. It's better, but no makeup is the best thing right now.
So this is the Sweeping Rectangles Tee that I made for Fabulous Free Pattern Friday. It is such a comfortable top and so easy to wear.
 You can see the 2 lower rectangles that form the drape.
And my crazy shoes. I've had these forever, shoes that I hope will never wear out, but of course will one day. My shoe repair man and I are best friends :)
I think that I would rather pair the top with a pair of black pants, but it's almost Labor Day, so the white pants are seeing their last hurrah for the season.
Be sure to hop over to Frabjous Couture to see her Me Made Monday outfit in the event that you haven't already done so. Remember, she's hosting a year long link party for those of you who would like to participate in Me Made Mondays. The outfit doesn't have to be worn on Monday to qualify, that's just the day that she puts up the link. It's a great way to celebrate your me mades all year long.

The Wednesday Showcase

Good Morning Everyone! My day is off to an especially good start. I just spoke with a friend who had some rather bad luck a few years ago, at least it seemed like bad luck at the time. But as it turns out, the bad luck set him up for a much better opportunity. I just love stories like this!
Another nice thing that happened, actually happened yesterday. You may remember the two salad recipes I posted a couple of weeks ago. Well, I received the loveliest message from Renee, "I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much your tomato/basil/feta summer salad was appreciatedI came home late this evening and was looking for something simple to make. I made your salad, and was just starting to eat, when my husband came downstairs for a drink of water before turning in for the night. He saw the salad, thought it looked wonderful, and wanted a bite. He liked it so much that I had to stop and make a plate for him, too! We both agreed that it was something that you would expect in an upscale restaurant." It really makes my day to know that in a small way I was able to do a little something nice for someone. Thanks Renee :)
So on to the Wednesday Showcase. As always, I have two fabulous ladies to introduce you to. First up is Suzanne of Here's a little about her,  
"Like most people I keep pretty busy.  I have a cool job, a great family.  But one thing I’ve learned (slowly) since becoming a mom, is that I have to do something for myself.  Thus, I indulge in the creative side of things.  It helps keep me grounded.
My passions are cooking, gardening and sewing. I’ve been engaged in all three for as long as I can remember.  I remember canning the harvest with my great-grandmother, pulling weeds in my neighbor’s garden, and learning to sew with my great-grandmother, grandmother and mom.  My ability to spend time on these indulgences waxes and wanes, and often one activity dominates.  Right now, I only have time in the late evenings, so I sew clothes." And she sews very cute clothes, like this vintage Pierre Cardin dress. 
Here's her finished project.
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This is Vogue 8944
and here's Suzanne's perfect rendition. Such a pretty dress.
I had to include this picture as this was the project that really got her back into sewing. She had borrowed her mother-in-law's sewing machine to make curtains.Her mother-in-law in turn bought her a sewing machine. Suzanne's husband has always been very supportive of her creative endeavors, encouraged her to make the costumes and the rest is history. Nothing better than a supportive husband :) 
I'm so happy that Suzanne has rejoined the sewing world and I know you will enjoy getting to know her as well.
Next up is a lovely lady that I had the opportunity to meet this past spring. Not only does she love to sew, she is also an artist. Her name is Pat and her blog is Her goal is to simplify her consumption and accumulation of stuff, especially clothes, one step at a time. She's into her 4th year and going strong.
When you scroll through Pat's blog, you'll find a number of dresses that's she's made from vintage tablecloths. This was one of my favorites. 
She purchased the Rose Hips tights pattern from Seamster Patterns and check out the incredible tights she's made. 
You just never know what wonderful little treat will be in her blog post. Maybe a pair of fingerless gloves,
a beautiful necklace and bracelet made from fabric scraps,
or a piece of her wonderful artwork. This is a self portrait that I think she did while she was in college.
Pat is so talented and such a gracious and lovely lady. I know you will enjoy her blog.
So.....I'm pumped and ready to go!!!
Have a wonderful day and I hope that something lovely and special happens for you today!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Second Sew News Giveaway

I'm a day late, but I did promise one more giveaway before the next sew along begins. 
We will be making the Clover pants from Colette Patterns for the next sew along. 
As you can see, I liked the pattern so much that I made 2 pairs. In the upcoming sew along, I will show you how to flare the leg. I'm also planning a redesign that I think will be lots of fun. So be sure to check in as we get started next week. Wow, can you believe fall is already here?
So as always, if you would like a chance to win a copy of the current issue of Sew News, just leave a message here. If you have won an issue in the past, please allow someone new to have an opportunity. I will announce the winner this Friday, August 29th. I would like to get the magazine in the mail on Saturday and get it to you as soon as possible.
Good Luck!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning Inspiration

Happy Monday Everyone!
I came across a line that I had never heard of, Lolitta from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I love everything about this collection. Yes, it's very body conscious, but the colors, the mix of prints, the interesting use of trims, the movement, it's just so lovely. Notice the very modern use of rick rack. Wow!!! So scroll through and enjoy the pictures. If you would like, you can see more here and here.    

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Night Reflections

The deepest fear we have,
the fear beneath all fears,
is the fear of not measuring up, 
the fear of judgment. 
It's this fear that creates the stress and depression of everyday life.

Tullian Tchividjian